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Stannis Baratheon Lives!  …Just not Necessarily on HBO’s Game of Thrones

Sep 2, 2015

Good news for the fans of the “One True King”–Stannis Baratheon lives! After watching the finale of Season Five of Game of Thrones, many viewers were confused by the...

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True Detective

True Detective Season 2 Finale: “Omega Station”

Aug 10, 2015

And so it ends. The second (and as far as we know final?) season of True Detective. There were a lot of expectations going in and I’m not sure it was possible to meet any of them. If HBO...

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Show Me A Hero

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO Debuts 08.16

Aug 12, 2015

This is all just a friendly reminder that it won’t hurt for you to watch the six-part miniseries SHOW ME A HERO coming Sundays in August. With two installments airing back-to-back the series...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

Aug 29, 2015

“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does that not sound strange to you?”  Based on the real story of Gary Webb, Kill the Messenger approaches the life of a...

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Cinemax’s BANSHEE Announces Fourth and Final Season

Cinemax’s BANSHEE Announces Fourth and Final Season

As always we like to keep a track of the series playing over on Cinemax. STRIKE BACK has just wrapped up its final season and THE KNICK returns in another month. Then there is BANSHEE. It was announced via a press release that it will air its fourth and final season coming in 2016. Here is that presser.   BANSHEE will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season in Jan. 2016, exclusively on CINEMAX. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce. Says Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming – “BANSHEE is a unique and compelling show that helped...

Stannis Baratheon Lives! …Just not Necessarily on HBO’s Game of Thrones

Stannis Baratheon Lives!  …Just not Necessarily on HBO’s Game of Thrones

Good news for the fans of the “One True King”–Stannis Baratheon lives! After watching the finale of Season Five of Game of Thrones, many viewers were confused by the ambiguous ending of Stannis’ storyline. We see everything but the claimant king’s death itself–Melisandre’s sudden loss of faith, the utter destruction of his troops by an overwhelming Bolton force, and finally, Brienne’s avenging blade coming down in a killing blow–before the camera cuts away to another scene. Technically, we never see Stannis die, and many were left debating whether there was any chance that he had...

David Simon Gets Two Pilot Orders

David Simon Gets Two Pilot Orders

David Simon(pictured) is back in the House! For a while there, if you recall, he was a bit despondent about filmmaking because neither of his shows, THE WIRE and TREME were great ratings successes. Oh, they were critically acclaimed, but he wanted fans to fully embrace his offerings. He didn’t give up and delivered to HBO the recently concluded miniseries SHOW ME A HERO. Total ratings aren’t quite in yet, but it appears to have had a rough run. The upside to all that is that Mr. Simon is rejuvenated to offer more and HBO is now entertaining not one but two pilot orders from the producer/writer. The first concept is named THE DEUCE.We...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For September 2015

What’s On: HBO Schedule For September 2015

Wow, are we up to September already? The year is flying and we got to keep up. You might be a bit surprised by what comes to HBO in the coming month. Some creative thinking was required by the powers that be because, for one, there is no big one-hour drama to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Hey, it happens and I hope to prove that there is still some interesting fare on. This coming month will prove who the loyal HBO fans are. So here is what is on for September 2015.   Originals: So if there is no big one-hour drama just what do we have for Sunday nights as we transition for summer to autumn? Well, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon show...

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does that not sound strange to you?”  Based on the real story of Gary Webb, Kill the Messenger approaches the life of a man who is trying to tell the truth and how the government and press attempt to destroy him.  The film opens with real news-reel footage rolling.  This theme continues throughout the film and splices bits of reality in with the pseudo reality of Hollywood telling a true story.  Gary Webb, played by Jeremy Renner, gets a mysterious call from a woman claiming to have information about government involvement in drug pushing in Los Angeles.  At first...

The Hound to Return to Game of Thrones Season 6

The Hound to Return to Game of Thrones Season 6

If Ned Stark returning for the upcoming season wasn’t enough to get you excited, another dead character has been spotted filming for Season Six of Game of Thrones. Although we never saw him die onscreen, most were confident that Sandor Clegane or “The Hound” had met his death after a vicious battle with Brienne of Tarth towards the end of Game of Thrones’ fourth season.  However, fans of the delightfully morally ambiguous character will be excited to hear that there is a good chance that the The Hound will be returning in some way, shape, or form to Game of Thrones. This Sunday, the reputable fansite, Watchers...

Croatia Dropped From Game of Thrones Season Six Filming Locations

Croatia Dropped From Game of Thrones Season Six Filming Locations

For years, the the producers of the hit TV-series, Game of Thrones have had an extremely productive symbiotic relationship with the country of Croatia, blending fiction with reality to create familiar locations from the show such as King’s Landing and Meereen. It may be difficult to tell from looking at the massive CGI cities and intricate sets that make up Game of Thrones, but behind many of the places we have grown familiar with in Westeros, lurks the real-life country of Croatia. While it’s easy to get fully immersed in the world of Westeros, those who follow the making of the show know that Croatia has acted as one of...

Ned Stark to Return in Game of Thrones Season Six

Ned Stark to Return in Game of Thrones Season Six

Do you still miss Eddard Stark after his dramatic exit way back in Season One? Good news–he may be returning to the show–albeit briefly. In Season Five, Game of Thrones tried something new by introducing flashbacks into its storytelling and it looks like the show is going to have more in its upcoming season. This is good news for fans who appreciate the rich tapestry of back-stories that exist in the world of Westeros. With flashbacks, we get the chance to learn more about the characters we love (and love to hate) and get a greater understanding of their motivations. However, if speculation surrounding recent casting news...

In Production: HBO Films: ALL THE WAY

In Production: HBO Films: ALL THE WAY

Actor Bryan Cranston has successfully embodied former President Lyndon Baines Johnson to perfection on Broadway with the production ALL THE WAY. HBOWatch has already reported that he will bring that role now to HBO. As the production gets underway announcements of complimentary players in key roles have been announced and an official press release has surfaced verifying that the HBO Films presentation is now in production.       FILMING STARTS ON HBO FILMS’ ALL THE WAY, WITH TONY AWARD WINNER BRYAN CRANSTON REPRISING HIS ROLE AS PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON; JAY ROACH DIRECTS; ROBERT SCHENKKAN ADAPTS HIS TONY AWARD-WINNING...

HBO Documentary FILMS: TASHI AND THE MONK

HBO Documentary FILMS: TASHI AND THE MONK

Overview: In a distant village on a remote mountaintop of the Himalayas sits Jhamtse Gatsal (Tibetan for “The Garden of Love and Compassion”), a special school and home for 85 orphaned and neglected children. Founded by former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phunstok, who trained with the Dalai Lama, this unique community gives boys and girls the chance to escape extreme poverty and grow up in an environment where they are free to be themselves and dream about their future. Directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, this documentary tells the story of Lobsang, whose own dark childhood led him to create this safe haven, and his newest arrival,...

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything

Let me preface this review by stating that I have never cried so hard. Like every great love story, there’s hope, joy, struggles and heartache. Watching Eddie Redmayne portray Dr. Stephen Hawking is absolutely amazing. He had his mannerisms down pat; from the awkward smile and small twitches, to the corny sense of humor and to the facial expressions full of love, despair, determination and triumph. Harry Lloyd, of Game of Thrones fame, plays his best friend, Brian. Stephen Hawking was a brilliant student studying for his PhD in Astrophysics. He has a small but dedicated group of friends. As his studies progress, two major life altering...

THE LEFTOVERS Trailer Riles Us Up for Season Two

THE LEFTOVERS Trailer Riles Us Up for Season Two

As the THE LEFTOVERS Season Two premiere, gets closer (debut is 10.04.15) so does the publicity. If you recall HBOWatch has shown you the Tease that came out which shows the long line of travelers waiting to get into Jarden, Texas.  We also showed some released photos of the main characters from the upcoming season and we even had a writer’s comments as an extra in the series’ return. Needless to say we are interested around here on what happens. However, with all that somehow we missed the season two trailer that came out. So, attention needs to be paid. Here it is. Now, allow me to break it down a bit for you. As we get...

HBO’s Documentary Slate for the Remainder of 2015

HBO’s Documentary Slate for the Remainder of 2015

We like to keep you abreast of these sorts of things so here straight from an HBO press release is the lineup of documentaries expected to premiere Monday nights through the remainder of the year. HBO has confirmed a compelling array of thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2015, from an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the world’s most famous ballet company in BOLSHOI BABYLON, to an intimate portrait of foreign-policy legend Richard Holbrooke in THE DIPLOMAT, to the racially charged story of a fight for justice in the Sundance award winner 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS. Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in...

A Focus on Sexuality in Westeros

A Focus on Sexuality in Westeros

HBO has never shied away from sex in its programming.  Real Sex, Cathouse, and Sex and the City are just a few examples of how much HBO doesn’t hesitate to use sex as a plot device.  Plenty of other shows include sex, however, it isn’t the main topic.  Game of Thrones is one such program. Affairs, rape, prostitution, and casual sex appear quite frequently.  And that is only the heterosexual side of the coin!  Bisexuality and homosexuality also make appearances.  Let’s not forget about the twincest either! But why is it so important?  In the grand context of George R.R. Martin’s stories, sex is rarely the important piece of...

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